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How long with Directv

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#21 OFFLINE   lwilli201


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:33 PM

Summer 1995. Got a 2 receiver setup at Radio Shack. The cost was around $1500.00 and I had to install it myself. I have moved once and have done all my own installs and upgrades. One service call during that whole time and that was because they wanted a tech to check out a bad receiver before they would replace it. Otherwise they have replaced all failed receivers without a problem. I will be 73 next month. I guess that makes me an OLD customer.
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#22 ONLINE   gpg


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:34 PM

March, 1996. I had two Sony A1 receivers.
HR24-200,HR23-700,HR21-200, HR21-100, HR34-700,
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#23 OFFLINE   spanishannouncetable



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Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:40 PM

April 1995
Account # 6xxxxx

I miss the 1995 PQ on standard channels :(
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#24 OFFLINE   juniormaj



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Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:22 PM

I got mine in late summer/early fall 2004 (August or September) and did a self-install by mounting it to some wood handscrew clamps on the balcony rail of my apartment building. There wasn't a building policy in place at that time, but they agreed to let me install it without drilling.

It was the "Deluxe" DSS system, with dual-output LNB and I think the receiver was the RCA DRD203RW. I remember it had Wide and Low band data. Total cost of almost $1,000.
A billing error while I was traveling in 1995 changed my status to "since 1995", and I have a 6 digit account number (12xxxx).

Eventually replaced that with the first RCA model to offer Dolby Digital. Went through a few different models of RCA, and one Hughes.
In 1999 I got the RCA DTC-100 and the new 3-LNB dish to do HD programming.
Got a Philips DSR704 DirecTV/TIVO when those came out.
At some point moved to a 5-LNB dish.
DirecTV R10, R15, H20, HR20, and finally the HR22 and HR23 with a Slimline-3S (SWM) dish.
I still have every receiver and dish I ever bought.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:54 PM

We've been with them since Nov 2001

HR21-700 & HR34-700

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:36 PM

Joined around November 1996. Customer number is a 7 digit beginning with 1.

My local cable company refused to have the monthly pay per views for WWE. They would only carry the "big four". I had heard about directv for a while and went into a SAMs club where I saw a do it yourself kit with a GE receiver. I think it was around $149 or so. I bought 2 and installed it myself. I hated the days when it seemed like every receiver you bought had to come with a new dish. I had so darn many of them!

Went HD with a Mitsubishi HD receiver in 2001 when there was only HD Theatre and HDNet and never looked back.

Cable isn't offered in my town. Neither is an alternative from the phone company. Even if it was I would never turn my back on Directv. They just keep improving.
Directv since 1996
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#27 OFFLINE   Groundhog45


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:36 PM

Fall of '97. I bought a package system that included the dual LNB 18" dish and two receivers from Toshiba. Separate programming from DirecTV and USSB. I've still got the receivers in storage somewhere. Account # 46xxxxx.

Richard -- DirecTV since '97


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:41 PM

This is year 10 for me. I started satellite TV in 1997 with DishNetwork and loved the service and thought they could do no wrong. I was one of the first in the area with the Dishplayer 7100. When HD came along I bought one of the their first HD receivers and paid full price. I then started to realize that Charlie did not value his long time customers.

In 2003 DirecTV gave me 2 DirecTIVo's and a free Samsung HD receiver to win me over. Then a reduced price 10-250 HD TIVO and then upgraded me to the HR20, HR21, HR24 and i am going on one year with a HR 34.

I have enjoyed my DirecTV experience and the information provided by DBSTalk and don't plan on going anywhere anytime soon.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:06 AM

Since September of 2000, when I bought my first home. They even had a deal for NFL Sunday ticket back then. :)
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HR20-700 Connected to 24" Samsung P2570HD
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#30 OFFLINE   Rosco



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Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:20 AM

630xxx account number from probably spring '95. Never had a problem with Directv or CSR's. I have been very instrumental in getting family members on board with signing up with Directv and have been helping them with going HD, and whole home DVR. I have been around for the echo star phone calls trying to get me to switch "because they are going to merge anyway" tactics. Never thought about switching providers because I get what I want for my tv dollar and then some. Last call I had to Directv was when my DVR kept getting an internal message about the hard drive failure and the CSR was more than happy to help me get a replacement DVR.



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Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:32 AM

November 1995 Sony dish and install by Maidencreek Appliances near Reading, PA. Previously had Channel Master C-Band system (10 ft). Oh, I'll be turning 68 this March 4. DIRECTV and DBSTalk.com have provided this retired electrical engineer a very enlightening and happy retirement.
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Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:27 AM

Had the service since 2000

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:40 AM

Account #1: July 31, 1994 -#011xx
Account #2: October, 1997 - #404xxxx

Proud DirecTV customer since July, 1994

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:53 AM

Nov 1994. Got the system and Circuit City and went online within about 48 hours after that. Haven't looked back since....

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:55 AM

I FEEL like I have Directv since its debut. I sold them while working at Circuit City in 94 and we had a demo running. Then I moved to Radio Shack and we had all tv's wired up for it and I would stay late after we closed to watch tv.

Then I got it at home in July 2001.

since 2001

HR20-700 -- LG 55LH55 LCD
HR23-700 -- Sony KDL-60EX500 LCD
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Posted 08 February 2013 - 07:30 AM

Fall of 1997 here....45xxxxx acct number

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 07:45 AM

I joined right before USSB and DirecTV merged. It was either December 1998 or January 1999. I had an RCA dish and the first RCA receiver with optical audio output and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. There was a Dolby Digital demo channel that had a train with sound effects that circled the room. The SD picture quality at that time was as good as DVD, and HD did not yet exist.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:10 AM

Since 2000

HR22-100 + AM21

HR44-500 + AM21

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:28 AM

March 1996. I'm still using the original Sony dish and receivers. I doubt that I have called customer service more than four times. The last two were years ago. Once when I dropped Starz/Encore because I never watched it. The last time was almost 10 years ago. I dropped Game Day because I started working Saturdays.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:30 AM

September 1994. Bought our house on the 10th, got married on the 24th, honeymoon started on the 25th. Got home and my dad had it installed as a wedding present. Our street was not completely built out and cable was going to be another month. (I figured newly married I wouldn't need TV for a month. ;))

My dad is 93 and is a customer. Any older than that?

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